Indian T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur believes that the newly-appointed head coach, Ramesh Powar makes time and effort to know the strength and weakness of individual players and she feels that his presence will give the Women in Blue a much-needed push.
Team India will embark on the tour of the United Kingdom on June 03 where they will lock horns with England in a one-off Tests and six white-ball internationals- 3 ODIs + 3 T20Is.
This will be Ramesh Powar’s first assignment following his return as head coach. The former Indian spinner was reinstated as the head coach of the Women’s team last month, 2.5 years after he was asked from the role following his ugly spat with Mithali Raj after the latter was dropped from the playing 11 for the 2018 T20 WC semi-final against England.
“Ramesh sir gets involved in the team at all times and makes an effort to know the players’ strengths, weaknesses, fears, etc, and tries to work on them. He is very ambitious and that helps the team get the required push from the very experienced person,” said Harmanpreet Kaur during an interview with ANI.
Harmanpreet Kaur also opened up about the things that she has learned from veteran cricketer Mithali Raj.
Kaur said that he has learned to stay calm and patient on the field from her ODI skipper.
“Mithali di is the most experienced in our team and from her, I have learned to be patient on the field. She tried to stay calm at most times and that reflects on her personal performance,” she added.
The upcoming 7-8 months will be crucial for Team India as they aim to win their maiden quadrennial event in New Zealand next year.
After the tour of England, the Women’s team will travel Down Under to lock horns with Australia in a series of white-ball international and a day-night pink-ball Test.
Harmanpreet Kaur added that the team will hugely benefit- like it has done in the past- by playing against top-sides like England and Australia in their own backyard before the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand next year.
“Playing against the top-ranked teams before the big challenges has always helped our team to build a positive approach. Taking on England in a multi-format tournament will be extremely helpful and each one of us in the team will have enough time to perform get better by the time we step in for the World Cup,” said Harmanpreet Kaur.